Comment: Investing in martial arts clubs is a better legacy than any statue.

A Katie Taylor statue would be nice to look at but investing into boxing and martial arts clubs would have a longer lasting legacy. 

TD Simon Harris tweeted yesterday that he had written to Wicklow County Council about erecting a “permanent and public tribute to Katie Taylor”.

Of course, the nation were once again drawn into Taylor’s recent victory over Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden as the Bray native became the first Irish boxer to become an undisputed world champion.

ACHIEVEMENT

What Katie Taylor has done for Irish boxing at both amateur and professional level has been a huge achievement and has been truly inspirational with many people, especially young women taking up boxing as a way to keep fit or competitively.

There’s no denying that she is one of Ireland’s greatest sports people despite the myth that she doesn’t receive enough media coverage.

As nice as a statue would be, why not think outside the box a little and go that little bit further?

LONG LASTING LEGACY

I’m not saying that a statue is a bad idea. I actually think it’s a great idea but why not add something for future generations to aspire to reach her level? By investing in boxing clubs and martial arts gyms across the country, there is potential for a long lasting legacy for people to get involved in their clubs, make friends, train and compete.

Look, the country is in an absolute mess across the board and I’m sure that boxing and martial clubs are the last of this government’s worries but it’s something that should absolutely be looked at down the line.

It might actually go some way to assisting MMA to become a recognised sport here in Ireland but for now, just getting people through the doors of clubs with a government led initiative would be a big step in the right direction.

BENEFITS

“I wouldn’t have my child compete in that barbaric stuff”, might be some of the things you’d hear but across all codes of combat sports, there’s huge benefits both socially and health wise in joining a boxing or martial arts club.

Discipline, focus, commitment are some of the buzz words you might associate with such clubs but they’re all true and getting people in at an early age would be hugely beneficial for growth and progress.

The positives vastly outweigh the negative connotations and if the health minister wishes to promote a healthy lifestyle through combat sports then I’ll get right behind him.

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